Making sure a will achieves a client’s wishes

Making sure a will achieves a client’s wishes
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  • Professor Lesley King
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As we all know drafting a will is not just a question of recording what the client wants. We have a pro-active role. Clients often labour under misapprehensions such as ‘everything passes under the will’ so it may be necessary to look at the assets which will not pass under the will and consider with the client how that affects the content of the will.

It’s also important to consider the client’s priorities and how they can best achieve a fair result for the various people they wish to benefit. Although wills should be reviewed regularly we know that they are often not.

Clients who become richer or poorer after making their wills risk unfairness to either the residuary beneficiaries or those receiving specific assets.

This session looks at how best to minimise the dangers and the importance of documenting advice on the possible risks a client’s instructions may involve.

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Learning objectives:

After completing this session you will be able to advise clients:

• on the options available to them, and

• their implications.



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Professor Lesley King

Professional Development Consultant • University of Law

Author of Wills, Taxation and Administration: A Practical Guide; A Modern Approach to Wills, Administration and Estate Planning (with Precedents); A Modern Approach to Lifetime Tax Planning for Private Clients (with Precedents); A Practitioner’s Guide to Wills; Varying the Disposition of an Estate after Death; Wills: A Practical Guide; and editor of The Probate Practitioner’s Handbook.

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